Despite assurances from the Home Office via DfE colleagues on January 25, 2021, the new quarantine guidance says:

If you have been in or through any of the countries listed below in the previous 10 days, you will be refused entry to the UK.

If you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK, you will be able to enter. You must quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days. You cannot use the Test to Release scheme.

We are working with government departments to see if we can add visa holders to ‘red list’ countries permitted to enter the UK (rather than just those with a right to reside) and challenging the current policy of hotel quarantine for minors on safeguarding grounds. 

BSA has written to the Prime Minister, First Minister of Scotland, First Minister of Wales and the four UK Chief Medical Officers, calling on them to consider our concerns. This has been supported and co-signed by SCIS, WISC, IAPS, ISBA, SoH, AGBIS, GSA and ISA.

Please click here to read a copy of the letter. 

We would welcome any school that wishes to send a version of this letter to their local MP/MSP/MS to highlight the sector’s concerns. Please let BSA know if you have done so via

Scottish Schools please note, SCIS will be in touch shortly about scenario planning case studies for re-opening following our discussions with the Scottish Government. 

International travel (non-red list)

Travel from non-red list countries is currently permitted and guidance is as follows:

However, please note a return date for boarders in any of the four nations has not yet been confirmed. 

If you have any questions or queries, please contact the BSA Team via email or telephone.

Best wishes, The BSA Team
T. +44 (0)207 798 1580